Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company
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Reviews by Lauthaha:
3.15/5 rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2
Poured from a corked 25.4 ounce bottle into a 4 ounce wine glass.
Appearance: Light golden yellow, very light carbonation, thin head floating on the surface of the beer. Light ring around the edge of foam. The bubbles within float up in about 10 straight lines from the bottom to the top of the wine glass.
Smell: Beautiful floral scent to this beer. The alcohol is well-hidden here, gentle hop tones, peach and or pear accents. Really nice, especially for a Tripel!
Taste: Eh. Hops and flowers up front followed quickly by the fruitiness I detected in the scent. Aftertaste is more bitter than I would have hoped. This beer would go well with red meat and/or starchy foods in my opinion.
Mouthfeel: Quite light on the palate, only a medium-thin coating of malt character. Rinses easily. It's not bad...unfortunately, that's about all I can say for certain.
Drinkability: Nearly non-existent. If I hadn't paid nearly eight dollars for this bottle, I would probably discard what's left in the fifth. As it is, looks like I'm doomed to finish it. The alcohol (which is hiding in the scent) is overly powerful in the taste, and it takes away from what could be a very flavorful beer.
I bought this beer in a "cool label" state of mind tonight, and I probably should have gotten some recommendations instead. There are lots of better examples of monk beer, specifically Three Philosophers and Avery Brewing's "The Reverend."
Serving type: bottle
08-16-2010 01:01:54 | More by Lauthaha
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This American Belgian pours a luminous clear golden with thick white head that dissipates to thin white bubbles and light lacing. Smell of light fruit, apple, lemon, fresh bread, and sweet Belgian candy sugar. Taste is velvety smooth with tastes of crisp apple, lemon zest, Belgian yeast, a hint of clove, and loads of Belgian candy sugar. Warming and boozy up front and on the sides, sweetness on the aftertaste and throughout with a light white pepper coming through---not overpowering though. SOLID Belgian brewed in an American style. While the notes of this brew from the bottle are somewhat favorable I would challenge naysayers to try it on growler at cellar temperatures. I currently have this in the fridge in bottle form, but wanted to try it on growler before giving a review since I have had it before and loved the growler so much more for it's depth of character.
Serving type: growler
07-13-2014 20:08:08 | More by Brutaltruth
3.99/5 rDev +8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Purchased at one of the local quick marts.
A: Slightly cloudy golden with an extreme amount of head. (too much) Moderate retention.
S: TONS of bread. Yeast and bread. Underlying floral notes and alcohol. Outstanding.
T: Bread, malt and slight fruit. A bit alcoholic as well.
M: A moderate richness that sticks. Fair bit of carbonation and smooth. That said, It's disappointing somehow? Hard to describe.
O: Love the smell. The flavor is also good. The appearance and feel prevent it from being great unfortunately.
Serving type: bottle
07-13-2014 00:31:14 | More by PvtSnowball
4.04/5 rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Rarely does the taste of Belgium ring so true by American brewers. But it does so with Victory's Golden Monkey. Just shy of abbey-type dryness or effervescence, the otherwise spice-to-fruit balance is true to form, and with more than just a "kiss" of hops.
Delicate floral tones waft about, just ahead of the initial taste, carrying with it the whimsy of honey suckle and sugar cookie. With a bready-sweet taste, the flavors erupt with the tangy acidity of sparkling white wine.
Then as the ale simply blooms across the middle palate, flavors unfold with the fruitiness of lemon, apple and slightly under-ripened orange and then the simple rebuttal of white pepper and clove. Settling into a more earthen pattern, elements of sod and dry hay come about as its surprising bitterness begins to show.
A quick finish stems from the expressive carbonation, allowing much of the taste to develop after the beer dissolves; leaving behind bracing vinous acidity, pleasant herbal bitterness and a finish of talc. Still, waves of vanilla and mint trail closely behind.
With glimmers of finesse and grace, there's a steadfast demeanor of the ale that doesn't back down- giving it the decoration of candied fruit but with with vinous influence of monastic rigidity.
Serving type: bottle
07-09-2014 20:34:08 | More by BEERchitect
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 4,010 ratings.